TwispWorks recently awarded four new Small Business Resiliency Grants to local businesses.
The grants were originally launched as Emergency Grants in 2020 to help local businesses react and adapt to COVID, and were continued in 2021 to help local businesses impacted by COVID and/or wildfires.
According to TwispWorks, the current round of funding, renamed Resiliency Grants, focuses on innovative projects that will help local businesses become more adaptive, climate friendly and resilient for the future.
- Winthrop Mountain View Chalets will use its grant to change their business model from six nightly rental cabins to six long-term rental cabins and potentially extended-stay rentals for individuals working in support of the Methow Valley community on a temporary basis.
- Seven Stars Farm, which been challenged by recent fire seasons which are stressful for their livestock, will use the grant help fund six wind/water resistant portable sun shades, two for pig paddocks and four for 20 acres of beef paddocks.
- Triangle H Equipment Rentals will use its grant to buy equipment, including a trencher, to facilitate both fire prevention and cleanup after fires.
- BCS Livestock and several other local farms saw the direct impacts of food distribution interruptions during the pandemic. They started the Methow Valley Foodshed, an online store that connects farmers to consumers. The Resiliency Grant will be used to boost marketing efforts for the Foodshed.
For more information, visit https://twispworks.org/announcing-spring-2022-small-business-resiliency-grant-recipients.